Posted: March 26, 2018 Filed under: Guns and Gadgets, History, Politics, Self Defense, Think Tank | Tags: African Americans, Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, Civil Rights, Dred Scott v. Sandford, firearms, Gun control, Gun laws, Ida B. Wells, Right to Bear Arms, Second Amendment
The Great Equalizer
Charles C. W. Cooke writes: In her harrowing 1892 treatise on the horrors of lynching in the post-bellum American South, the journalist, suffragist, and civil-rights champion Ida B. Wells established for her readers the value of bearing arms. “Of the many inhuman outrages of this present year,” Wells recorded, “the only case where the proposed lynching did not occur, was where the men armed themselves.” She went on to proffer some advice: “The only times an Afro-American who was assaulted got away has been when he had a gun and used it in self-defense. The lesson this teaches, and which every Afro-American should ponder well, is that a Winchester rifle should have a place of honor in every black home, and it should be used for that protection which the law refuses to give.”
“Of the many inhuman outrages of this present year, the only case where the proposed lynching did not occur, was where the men armed themselves.”
Conservatives are fond of employing foreign examples of the cruelty and terror that governments may inflict on a people that has been systematically deprived of its weaponry. Among them are the Third Reich’s exclusion of Jews from the ranks of the armed, Joseph Stalin’s anti-gun edicts of 1929, and the prohibitive firearms rules that the Communist party introduced into China between 1933 and 1949.
To varying degrees, these do help to make the case. And yet, ugly as all of these developments were, there is in fact no need for our augurs of oppression to roam so far afield for their illustrations of tyranny. Instead, they might look to their own history.
“The only times an Afro-American who was assaulted got away has been when he had a gun and used it in self-defense. The lesson this teaches, and which every Afro-American should ponder well, is that a Winchester rifle should have a place of honor in every black home, and it should be used for that protection which the law refuses to give.”
— Journalist, suffragist, and civil-rights champion Ida B. Wells
“Do you really think that it could happen here?” remains a favorite refrain of the modern gun-control movement. Alas, the answer should be a resounding “Yes.” For most of America’s story, an entire class of people was, as a matter of course, enslaved, beaten, lynched, subjected to the most egregious miscarriages of justice, and excluded either explicitly or practically from the body politic.
[Read the full story here, at National Review]
We prefer today to reserve the word “tyranny” for its original target, King George III, or to apply it to foreign despots. But what other characterization can be reasonably applied to the governments that, ignoring the words of the Declaration of Independence, enacted and enforced the Fugitive Slave Act? How else can we see the men who crushed Reconstruction? How might we view the recalcitrant American South in the early 20th century? “It” did “happen here.” And “it” was achieved — in part, at least — because its victims were denied the very right to self-protection that during the Revolution had been recognized as the unalienable prerogative of “all men.”
When, in 1857, Chief Justice Roger B. Taney buttoned his Dred Scott v. Sandford opinion with the panicked warning that if free blacks were permitted to become American citizens they might begin “to keep and carry arms wherever they went,” he was signaling his support for a disgraceful status quo within which suppression of the right to bear arms was depressingly quotidian. Indeed, until the late 1970s, the history of American gun control was largely inextricable from the history of American racism. Long before Louisiana was a glint in Thomas Jefferson’s eye, the French “Black Codes” mandated that any black person found with a “potential weapon” be not only deprived of that weapon but also beaten for his audacity.
British colonies, both slaveholding and free, tended to restrict gun ownership to whites, with even the settlements at Massachusetts and Plymouth prohibiting Indians from purchasing or owning firearms. Throughout the South, blacks were denied weapons. The intention of these rules was clear: to remove the means by which undesirables might rebel or resist, and to ensure that the majority maintained its prerogatives. In 1834, alarmed by Nat Turner’s rebellion in Virginia, Tennessee amended its state constitution to make this purpose unambiguous, clarifying that the “right to keep and to bear arms” applied not to “the freemen of this State” — as the 1794 version of the document had allowed — but to “the free white men of this State.”
In much of America, this principle would hold for another century, emancipation notwithstanding. As Adam Winkler of UCLA’s law school has noted, a movement comprising the Ku Klux Klan and those Democrats who sought to thwart the gains of the Civil War “began with gun control at the very top of its agenda.” Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 13, 2017 Filed under: Guns and Gadgets, Mediasphere, Politics, Self Defense | Tags: 2nd amendment, Civil Rights, FBN, firearms, Fox News, Gun rights, Jan Morgan, President Trump, video
Posted: January 10, 2017 Filed under: Guns and Gadgets, Mediasphere, Science & Technology, Self Defense | Tags: Austria, Cameras, design, Engineering, firearms, Glock, Glock 17, Guns, Pistol, Semi-automatic pistol, Switzerland, video
Posted: August 6, 2016 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, Global, Guns and Gadgets, Mediasphere | Tags: 2016 Summer Olympics, Air Rifle Event, Belo Horizonte, Brazilian people, Competition, Dilma Rousseff, firearms, Guns, International Olympic Committee, Melanie Leupolz, Olympic games, Rifles, Rio de Janeiro, Sport Shooting, Target shooting, Thomas Bach, United States
Stacy Dash writes:
I love to see strong American women with guns. Way to go, Team USA!
American teenager Virginia Thrasher won the first gold medal of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Saturday, holding her nerve against two Chinese Olympic champions to clinch the women’s 10m air rifle event.
The 19-year-old American edged out China’s Du Li, gold in Athens in 2004, with an Olympic-record score of 208. Defending Olympic champion Yi Siling, also of China, took the bronze medal… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: June 21, 2016 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Humor, Politics, Self Defense, Terrorism | Tags: Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural address, California Democratic Party, Congress, Elizabeth Warren, firearms, GOP, Gun control, Guns, Islamism, Orlando Shooting, Parody, satire, Self-defense, Senate
Posted: June 20, 2016 Filed under: Breaking News, Entertainment, Guns and Gadgets, Humor, Law & Justice, Mediasphere, Self Defense | Tags: #2A, AR-15, Congress, Democratic Party, Dianne Feinstein, firearms, First Amendment, Gun rights, satire, The Onion, The Senate
WASHINGTON—Staring down in shock at her empty hands where the piece of legislation had been only seconds earlier, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) was reportedly left horrified Monday after her gun control bill disintegrated immediately upon crossing into the Senate chamber.
“I was just walking in from my office holding the bill like this, and as soon as I stepped through the doorway, it just crumbled to nothing,” said an alarmed Feinstein…(read more)
Posted: December 8, 2015 Filed under: Guns and Gadgets, Mediasphere, Self Defense, U.S. News, White House | Tags: 2nd amendment, Barack Obama, Civil Rights, firearms, Gateway Pundit, Gun control, Gun Sales, Gun Stores, Hillary Clinton, Pope, United States, White House
William La Jeunesse reported today on FOX News that 100 million guns have been sold in the US since Obama became president. Today’s increase in sales is nationwide not just in California. La Jeunesse said:
“Americans are not just putting them in their closet and waiting for a burglary. They’re taking classes on how to protect themselves. Background checks on Black Friday topped 185,000 that’s 8,000 guns sold every hour. 2,000,000 in November and and almost 20 million this year.”
Source: The Gateway Pundit
Posted: December 1, 2015 Filed under: Guns and Gadgets, Self Defense, U.S. News | Tags: Background check, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Fingerprint, firearms, Gun Stores, Job Growth, Law enforcement agency, Next Generation Identification, Self-defense, United States
Nick Penzenstadler reports: More Americans had their backgrounds checked purchasing guns on Black Friday than any day in the on record, according to data released by the FBI this week.
The National Instant Criminal Background Check System processed 185,345 requests on Nov. 27, one of the largest retail sales days in the country.
“This was an approximate 5% increase over the 175,754 received on Black Friday 2014,” wrote Stephen Fischer, the FBI’s chief of multimedia productions. “The previous high for receipts were the 177,170 received on 12/21/2012.”
Previous spikes for background checks, conducted before a gun buyer can obtain a firearm, occurred after prominent mass shootings, like in December 2012 in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: November 6, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Guns and Gadgets, Mediasphere | Tags: Action film, Ammunition, Cinema, firearms, James Bond, James Bond in film, Movies, Sam Mendes, SilencerCo 'Spectre' Walther Summit Package, Spectre, Stunt, United Kingdom
SilencerCo® collaborated with Walther® in order to pair a Walther PPK/S and Spectre 22 for a Summit line package in anticipation of the new James Bond™ movie, titled Spectre. Packages will be available with an either black or stainless Walther PPK/S and Spectre 22 pairing, shipped together in a Q-worthy locking case.
There will be 25 Stainless packages and 25 Black Packages available.
- Walther PPK/S – Black or Stainless
- SilencerCo Spectre 22 – Black or Stainless
- Black Metal Locking Case
- Two Magazines
- Caliber: .22 LR
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- Capacity: 10 rounds
Posted: October 30, 2015 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Guns and Gadgets, Law & Justice, Self Defense, U.S. News, White House | Tags: 2nd amendment, Chicago, Civil Rights, firearms, Gun Confiscation, Gun control, Gun Crimes, Gun laws, Gun Legislation, Gun rights, Honduras, Switzerland
Is this information even true? Not really. Here is an analysis of the flaws in this assertion.
…Honduras doesn’t “ban” citizens from owning guns.
The Small Arms Survey says the most popular gun in Honduras is the 9mm handgun, “which can be legally purchased and owned” — undermining the meme’s claim that Hondurans are banned from owning guns. Because this weapon is banned in nearby Mexico, the UN has said the difference in laws fosters the exchange of illegal weapons between the countries.
An analysis of gun laws in six Latin American countries by Insight Crime, a foundation that studies crime and policy in Central America, characterizes Honduras’ regulations as “light” compared to the “restrictive” laws of Brazil and Mexico and “moderate” laws of Venezuela and Chile. Uruguay also has “light” gun control laws but an incredibly smaller homicide rate than Honduras of about 5.9 percent per 100,000 people. (It also has less organized crime.)
The disparity in homicide rates and gun control laws showed “gun legislation, on its own, means little in terms of gun violence,” the Insight Crime analysis found….
…A 2012 Time story about Switzerland’s gun culture notes how citizens hold their right to own guns as a patriotic duty, and Swiss children often join sharpshooting groups to hone their skills.
But, again, Switzerland does not require “citizens to own guns.”
(read more here)
It’s unfortunate to see gun-rights advocates (who already have the winning statistics on their side, by a wide margin, on multiple levels) using misleading, exaggerated, or false information to make their case. The original source of this graphic is unclear, I found it on Tumblr, rarely known for reliable accuracy, but a good place to find entertaining memes of all kinds.
Fact distortion, what’s the point? It’s a common propaganda tactic that’s more often employed by the activist Left, which often doesn’t even pretend to be concerned with facts, instead creating and distributing completely false but effective, persuasive fictional narratives.
Like this one, from the president:
Posted: October 7, 2015 Filed under: Guns and Gadgets, Self Defense | Tags: 2nd amendment, Ammunition, Civil Rights, Classified information, Democratic Party (United States), Federal Bureau of Investigation, firearms, Gun rights, Gun Sales, Hillary Clinton, Information sensitivity
Stephen Gutowski reports: The Federal Bureau of Investigation processed a record number of background checks in the month of September, indicating that gun sales were at an all time high for the month.
“If they really want less guns in private hands they should consider what happens every time they open their mouths.”
The FBI’s National Instant Background Check System processed 1,795,102 applications to buy a firearm in September. That represents a new record: 335,739 more checks than the previous September high set in 2012, or a 23 percent increase.
“We are seeing new record highs in gun sales due to the increased anti-gun rhetoric from Democratic candidates like Hillary Clinton. Their push for new restrictions on gun ownership is fueling gun sales.”
— Alan Gottlieb, Founder of the Second Amendment Foundation
The number of checks done in a particular month is considered a reliable gauge of how many gun sales have occurred since background checks are required on all sales made through licensed firearms dealers. The actual number of sales is likely higher since multiple firearms can be sold to the same person by a dealer under a single background check. The numbers also do not account for sales between private parties that do not require a background check. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: July 24, 2015 Filed under: Guns and Gadgets, Self Defense, U.S. News, White House | Tags: ATF, Barack Obama, Civil Rights, Emily Miller, firearms, Gun Owners of America, Gun rights, Internal Revenue Service, John R. Lott, National Rifle Association, Second Amendment, The Hill, The Second Amendment, Tim Devaney, United States Congress
The number of pistols made has nearly tripled during the Obama administration, which could reflect more people turning to firearms for personal protection.
Tim Devaney writes: Gun production has more than doubled over the course of the Obama administration, according to a new report from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
“The ATF report confirms what we already know, that Barack Obama deserves the ‘Gun Salesman of the Decade’ award. People have been rushing to buy firearms because they’re afraid that Obama will take away their Second Amendment rights.”
— Erich Pratt, spokesman for the Gun Owners of America
The manufacturing boom has come in the face of the president’s push to expand background checks and place new restrictions on guns in the wake of high-profile shootings like the recent mass-killing in Charleston, S.C., and the 2012 massacre at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school.
Pistols are the most popular type of gun, accounting for 4.4 million of the firearms made in 2013, according to the report. Meanwhile, gun manufacturers produced 3.9 million rifles and 1.2 million shotguns.
The numbers paint a picture of gun owners who are concerned about new restrictions on their Second Amendment rights, activists say.
“President Obama has been relentless in his attacks on the Second Amendment, and it’s not shocking people are frightened and want to protect themselves. He’ll stop at nothing to strip people of their constitutional rights to self-protection.”
— National Rifle Association spokeswoman Jennifer Baker
[See John R. Lott’s More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws at Amazon]
“The ATF report confirms what we already know, that Barack Obama deserves the ‘Gun Salesman of the Decade’ award,” said Erich Pratt, spokesman for the Gun Owners of America. “People have been rushing to buy firearms because they’re afraid that Obama will take away their Second Amendment rights.”
“President Obama has made it very clear he wants to strip away our gun rights, so people are going out and purchasing more firearms and ammunition.”
— Joe Neville, director of political affairs at the National Association for Gun Rights
The ATF’s annual firearms commerce report tracks the number of guns manufactured in the United State, which provides an indication of gun sales around the country.
“The gun lobby seizes on those fears and uses scare tactics and doomsday rhetoric in order to sell more guns.”
— Mark Prentice, spokesman for Americans for Responsible Solutions, the gun safety group run by former congresswoman Gabby Giffords
[Order Emily Miller’s book “Emily Gets Her Gun” from Amazon]
[Also see – Editorial: Americans Seem to Embrace Idea of More Guns, Less Crime]
The number of guns manufactured increased by 18 percent during the George W. Bush administration, while the Clinton administration actually saw a 9 percent reduction. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: July 20, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Guns and Gadgets, Humor | Tags: Concealed carry, fashion, firearms, Glamour, Gun, Jeans, Open Carry, Photography, Pistol
Posted: July 8, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Guns and Gadgets, Self Defense | Tags: 1st Amendment, Beretta, cx4storm, fashion, firearms, Glamour, gun range, pewpewpew, range day, Rifle, Self-defense, silverdalegunrange, Target Practice
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Posted: July 1, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Guns and Gadgets, Mediasphere, Self Defense | Tags: Armed, Dana Loesch, fashion, firearms, Glamour, Guns Ammo, Hands Off My Gun, Magazines, media, Pistol, Rifle
Posted: June 8, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, Guns and Gadgets, Humor, Self Defense | Tags: firearms, Glamour, Gun, Photography, Pistol, Self-defense, Sexy
Posted: May 30, 2015 Filed under: Guns and Gadgets, Politics, Self Defense | Tags: 2nd amendment, Civil Rights, Conceal Carry, Demographics, firearms, Gun Buyers, Gun control, Gun Permit, Gun rights, Guns, National Shooting Sports Foundation, Self-defense, Women
Women Are Buying More Guns Than Ever
AWR Hawkins writes: Women have emerged as one of the fastest-growing demographics of new gun buyers and concealed carry permit holders in the country, and in the process, they have become a driving force in the shift in American attitudes from pro-gun control to pro-gun rights.
“This growing participation of women in firearm purchases and firearm-related activities has not happened overnight. Rather, it has been steadily increasing over a number of years.”
In January, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that “women [are] buying more guns than ever.” And the result of this surge in women gun buyers has been an expansion of firearms and firearms accessories made to cater to the female market. Many of the accessories are often designed and marketed by fellow women gun owners.
“The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that this is not only providing new markets for the gun industry and expanding the number of concealed carry permits issued to women, but also impacting Americans’ views on guns and gun rights.”
This growing participation of women in firearm purchases and firearm-related activities has not happened overnight. Rather, it has been steadily increasing over a number of years. For example, the National Shooting Sports Foundation found that 2011 and 2012 showed the surge beginning with a “79 percent … increase in female” customers buying firearms and/or firearm accessories. The trend has continued from that point. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: March 10, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Guns and Gadgets, Self Defense | Tags: ATF, Bullets, Civil Rights, firearms, Gun control, Guns, media, news, Rifles, Second Amendment, The Hill, Tweet, Twitter
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Posted: February 2, 2015 Filed under: Food & Drink, Guns and Gadgets, Self Defense | Tags: Avacados, firearms, Glock, Guacamole, Guns, Humor, Photography, Pistol, satire, Self-defense
Posted: January 14, 2015 Filed under: Entertainment, Guns and Gadgets, Mediasphere, Self Defense | Tags: Action Hero, Action Movies, firearms, Guns, Hollywood, Liam Neeson, Show Business, Taken (movie), Vigilante
Posted: November 5, 2014 Filed under: Guns and Gadgets, Science & Technology | Tags: 3-D printers, 3-D printing, design, firearms, Michael Crumling, Printbot, Semi-automatic, Wired Magazine
Andy Greenberg writes: As 3-D printed guns have evolved over the past 18 months from a science-fictional experiment into a subculture, they’ve faced a fundamental limitation: Cheap plastic isn’t the best material to contain an explosive blast. Now an amateur gunsmith has instead found a way to transfer that stress to a component that’s actually made of metal—the ammunition.
“This is a building block for the future of 3-D printed firearms that will enable people to develop semiautomatic and—if you had the proper legal paperwork—even fully automatic weapons.”
Michael Crumling, a 25-year-old machinist from York, Pennsylvania, has developed a round designed specifically to be fired from 3-D printed guns. His ammunition uses a thicker steel shell with a lead bullet inserted an inch inside, deep enough that the shell can contain the explosion of the round’s gunpowder instead of transferring that force to the plastic body or barrel of the gun. Crumling says that allows a home-printed firearm made from even the cheapest materials to be fired again and again without cracking or deformation. And while his design isn’t easily replicated because the rounds must be individually machined for now, it may represent another step towards durable, practical, printed guns—even semi-automatic ones.
“It’s a really simple concept: It’s kind of a barrel integrated into the shell, so to speak. Basically it removes all the stresses and pressures from the 3-D printed parts. You should be able to fire an unlimited number of shots through the gun without replacing any parts other than the shell.”
Last week, for instance, Crumling shot 19 rounds from a 3-D printed gun of his own design created on an ultra-cheap $400 Printrbot printer using PLA plastic. (He concedes his gun isn’t completely 3-D printed; it uses some metal screws and a AR-15 trigger and firing hammer that he bought online for a total of $30. But he argues none of those parts affected the gun’s firing durability.) Though the gun misfired a few times, it didn’t suffer from any noticeable internal damage after all of those explosions. Here’s a time lapse video that shows 18 of those shots.
When the top of Crumling’s gun shattered in an earlier test, he determined that the breakage was caused by the shell’s movement, not the explosion inside of it. So in his most recent gun design, the roof of his gun’s chamber is left open. That allows the shell to eject itself. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: April 29, 2014 Filed under: Art & Culture, Asia, China, History | Tags: Art, China, firearms, Mao Zedong, Nikita Khrushchev, poster, propaganda, RUSSIA, Soviet Union, vintage, World War II
Posted: April 29, 2014 Filed under: Mediasphere, Self Defense | Tags: Breitbart.com, Crime, firearms, Fox News Channel, FoxNews, Gun control, Gun rights, Juan William, Lars Larson, Robbery, Self-defense, Twitter
During an April 28 interview on The Lars Larson show, Fox News’ Juan Williams told a story about his wife’s car being stolen and her saying, “I wish I had a gun.”
Williams said that his wife “went to the gas station” this past weekend to fuel her car. He said that “while she’s trying to put the credit card in some guy rushes by her, gets in the car and drives off with the damn car.” Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: March 15, 2014 Filed under: Art & Culture, Crime & Corruption, Guns and Gadgets, Self Defense | Tags: Advertising, firearms, Firearms safety, graphics, Guns, Home security, Self-defense, typography, vintage
Posted: February 9, 2014 Filed under: Humor, Self Defense, U.S. News | Tags: anti-gun, Ashland Oregon, City Council, firearms, Gun laws, Gun rights, Local government, Oregon, Second Amendment, Self-defense, Shakespeare Festival
Video Reblogged from BeeshaSIM, comments mine. Who is this citizen, I wonder? His droll presentation has a thespian flair (note the ascot, the elocution, the faux-European affectation) an almost Monty-Python-eque quality that’s quietly subversive. Ashland’s Shakespeare Festival is famous, perhaps this gentleman is a local stage actor. If not, he surely could be. Beneath the comic delivery is a deeply sarcastic, mocking message that is as cold as ice. More City Council meetings should have interludes like this.